Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker covers stories at the intersection of sports and business as well as assisting in coverage of University of Georgia and SEC sports and major Atlanta sporting events. He has been on the AJC staff for more than three decades and has covered a wide range of sports beats, including the Braves and UGA.

Latest from Tim Tucker

College football tackles attendance decline
 Vince Thompson, who estimates he attends close to 20 college football games a year for his Atlanta-based sports marketing agency, is hardly surprised by NCAA data quantifying an attendance decline at games around the country.  “You’ve been seeing a softness coming for several years,” he said. “You look around...

Posted: 2 days ago

Vince Thompson, who estimates he attends close to 20 college football games a year for his Atlanta-based sports marketing agency, is hardly surprised by NCAA data quantifying an attendance decline at games around the country.  “You’ve been seeing a softness coming for several years,” he said. “You look around...
A dirt-filled first for Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 Workers are in the process of creating the surface for the first Monster Jam trucks event to be held in the $1.5 billion-plus Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday and Sunday.  Monster Jam made at least one appearance annually in the new stadium’s predecessor, the Georgia Dome, from 1993 through early last year.  A Monster Jam...

Posted: 3 days ago

Workers are in the process of creating the surface for the first Monster Jam trucks event to be held in the $1.5 billion-plus Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday and Sunday.  Monster Jam made at least one appearance annually in the new stadium’s predecessor, the Georgia Dome, from 1993 through early last year.  A Monster Jam...
LEADOFF: Look at how dirty Mercedes-Benz Stadium has gotten
 Suddenly, the glitzy new Mercedes-Benz Stadium looks downright dirty.  The dirt – some 4,000 tons of it – was hauled into the stadium in 250 truckloads Wednesday and dumped onto plywood that now protects the artificial-turf field.  Workers are in the process of creating the surface for a Monster Jam trucks event...

Posted: 3 days ago

Suddenly, the glitzy new Mercedes-Benz Stadium looks downright dirty.  The dirt – some 4,000 tons of it – was hauled into the stadium in 250 truckloads Wednesday and dumped onto plywood that now protects the artificial-turf field.  Workers are in the process of creating the surface for a Monster Jam trucks event...
LEADOFF: Remember Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four? There’s little left standing.
 There’s little left standing from Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four. The building that hosted it is gone, and so is the championship that was won there that spring.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday denied Louisville’s appeal of an earlier ruling stripping the Cardinals of the men’s basketball championship...

Posted: 4 days ago

There’s little left standing from Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four. The building that hosted it is gone, and so is the championship that was won there that spring.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday denied Louisville’s appeal of an earlier ruling stripping the Cardinals of the men’s basketball championship...
LEADOFF: Hawks’ local TV ratings down 50 percent, study shows
 The Hawks’ record – tied for worst in the NBA -- has taken a predictably big bite out of the team’s local TV ratings this season.  Ratings for Hawks games on Fox Sports Southeast have fallen 50 percent in the Atlanta TV market from the same point last season,  according to SportsBusiness Journal’s  semiannual...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Hawks’ record – tied for worst in the NBA -- has taken a predictably big bite out of the team’s local TV ratings this season.  Ratings for Hawks games on Fox Sports Southeast have fallen 50 percent in the Atlanta TV market from the same point last season, according to SportsBusiness Journal’s  semiannual...
Braves making some quick changes at SunTrust Park
 Some changes are in the works at SunTrust Park for the Braves’ second season there.  Six rows of seats will be removed from two prime lower-level sections and will be replaced with four-person tables, and the stadium’s largest hospitality club will be expanded by 2,000 square feet, according to Jim Allen, the Braves&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Some changes are in the works at SunTrust Park for the Braves’ second season there.  Six rows of seats will be removed from two prime lower-level sections and will be replaced with four-person tables, and the stadium’s largest hospitality club will be expanded by 2,000 square feet, according to Jim Allen, the Braves&rsquo...
LEADOFF: Experts tend to agree on forecasts for 2018 Braves
 Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  Early forecasts of win totals for the 2018 Braves are falling within a remarkably narrow range.  We checked six sources, from sports oddsmakers to mainstream media to baseball analytics sites, and found all forecasting the Braves to hover around 73 to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  Early forecasts of win totals for the 2018 Braves are falling within a remarkably narrow range.  We checked six sources, from sports oddsmakers to mainstream media to baseball analytics sites, and found all forecasting the Braves to hover around 73 to...
LEADOFF: UGA bucks trend as college football attendance declines
 Major-college football attendance declined in 2017 for the fourth consecutive season, according to  NCAA figures released this week.  Across the nation, average attendance for FBS games dropped to 42,203, down 1,409 fans per game – or 3.2 percent – from the season before.  Average attendance per game has fallen in seven...

Posted: 11 days ago

Major-college football attendance declined in 2017 for the fourth consecutive season, according to NCAA figures released this week.  Across the nation, average attendance for FBS games dropped to 42,203, down 1,409 fans per game – or 3.2 percent – from the season before.  Average attendance per game has fallen in seven...
LEADOFF: Where are Colon, Dickey, Garcia as Braves start spring training?
 When Braves pitchers and catchers reported to spring training one year ago, three veteran pitchers acquired for a combined $32.5 million in one-year commitments commanded a lot of attention.  So where are Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia now?  > Colon, 44, is headed to spring training with the Texas Rangers on a minor-league...

Posted: 12 days ago

When Braves pitchers and catchers reported to spring training one year ago, three veteran pitchers acquired for a combined $32.5 million in one-year commitments commanded a lot of attention.  So where are Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia now?  > Colon, 44, is headed to spring training with the Texas Rangers on a minor-league...
What Minnesota’s Super Bowl stats portend for Atlanta
 Numbers released by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee provide a pretty good measure of what Atlanta can expect when the big game comes here next year.  The Minnesota committee said Super Bowl Live, the 10-day outdoor festival that preceded the Feb. 4 game in Minneapolis, drew total attendance of 1.055 million people. That included...

Posted: 12 days ago

Numbers released by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee provide a pretty good measure of what Atlanta can expect when the big game comes here next year.  The Minnesota committee said Super Bowl Live, the 10-day outdoor festival that preceded the Feb. 4 game in Minneapolis, drew total attendance of 1.055 million people. That included...
POLL: What grade would you give Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
 Mercedes-Benz Stadium continues to be a work in progress. Before the Super Bowl is played in Atlanta next year, stadium officials aim to have the retractable roof in operating order, the sound system functioning better and a new green space open on the former Georgia Dome site.  > More:  See what other improvements are planned ...

Posted: 15 days ago

Mercedes-Benz Stadium continues to be a work in progress. Before the Super Bowl is played in Atlanta next year, stadium officials aim to have the retractable roof in operating order, the sound system functioning better and a new green space open on the former Georgia Dome site.  > More:  See what other improvements are planned ...